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New Quay Wales
100 years ago


Many photographs of New Quay have survived thanks to the work of local photographers specialising in post cards. Some of these are Charles H. Dierks and Shirley Brooks. They had premises at 9 George Street in New Quay and at 19 Alban Square Aberaeron around 1910. Another local photographer was Tom Desmond of Priory Street Cardigan.
George Street

George Street

George Street in New Quay 100 years ago was much the same as it is now. The house on the right was formerly a funeral home, now a family home.

Church Street

Church Street

Church Street - the shop 'Bon Marche' is now the pharmacy and the building beside it is the former Queens Hotel - now closed down.

The Pier was built after 1834 when Daniel Beynon was invited to submit a plan which was carried out after the formation of the New Quay Harbour Company. The small stone lighthouse, 30 feet high, was not built until 1839 and was placed at the end of the pier. It was known locally as the 'Pepper Pot' - an item that it clearly resembled.
George Street

Beach tents on the Harbour Beach

By the turn of the century canvas changing tents appeared on beaches - initially round military-style bell-tents, and later clusters of tents of varying shapes, some coloured and striped: erected by local councils or by private individuals, they were hired by the day or longer periods.

Church Street

The S.S. Atalanta at New Quay

Great Western Railways S.S. Atalanta was an exccursion vessel operating in the North West. Launched in 1907, it was also used as a rescue tug in the Scilly Isles during WW1.

A severe storm in 1859 damaged the pier and washed the lighthouse away. It was rebuilt but destroyed a second time almost 80 years later during another severe storm on 28th February 1937. The New Quay Regatta was first held in 1874 when the larger fishing boats raced for a silver cup. There were also many other events including rowboats, sculling, swimming and climbing a greasy pole over water.
George Street

Sailing boats by the pier

As well as a busy port, New Quay was a center for boat building, and at Cei Bach there were numerous boats launched.

Church Street

The New Quay Regatta

The New Quay Regatta was a big event 100 years ago. Today it is known as the Cardigan Bay Regatta

Visitors had been coming to New Quay in small numbers aboard steamers from Liverpool and Bristol. However, the increased ease of transportation by land into the area, brought about the next phase of New Quay's development. Lodging houses started to appear in New Quay and visitors wrote glowingly of its benefits. One visitor wrote in the 'Christian World' of 1885: ' ..a little town, white in the bright sunshine, built along the steep sides of a shimmering Bay.....this little town was the quaintest most picturesque one could wish to see.
George Street

The Lifeboat House and the Sands.

The first lifeboat station was built in New Quay in 1864. The first boat was the 'Forester' and was propelled by oars.

Church Street

Hill Street

Again, little changed in 100 years other than the houses being more coourful.

The first printed Guide book to New Quay was :'Being a short description of New Quay as a watering Place,' printed in Lampeter by the Welsh Press in 1885.
George Street

Church Street - lower

The Dolau pub, is now closed. The property next door is now the 'Pepper Pot' restaurant.

Church Street

Lower John Street.

The property in the foreground is Cliffside, now a gift shop.

Horse drawn buses brought visitors from the stations at Aberystwyth and Llandysul in the 1890's. It is noted that by 1895 New Quay had some 10,000 visitors in the year. Later they were replaced by charabancs.
George Street

Charabanc in New Quay

Charabancs carried visitors from the nearest railway station at Aberaeron. These were run by GWR.

Church Street

Charabanc in New Quay.

More info about charabancs.

The earliest motorised bus system was set up by Great Western Railways who established a line from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen in 1860. The buses served to connect local communities to the railways. In 1911, the station was opened at Aberaeron to connect with the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line at Lampeter.
George Street

High Terrace

Building started on High Terrace in 1851 when it was known as Chapel Row. At that time there were only 3 houses.

Church Street

New Quay from the pier.

More info about charabancs.

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